5 Tips on How to Prepare for a Blog Conference

I've been lucky to attend several blog conferences and they are one of my favorite perks of blogging!  I love to travel anyway and then throw in meeting some fantastic online friends and you have a winner.  The two that stand out most for me are BlogHer and Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  Probably the largest and the smallest conferences for bloggers.  They both had benefits and even though they were very different, there were things … [Read more...]

Blogging 101: Using an Editorial Calendar and How to Schedule a Post for a Future Date in WordPress

Do you have an editorial calendar for your blog?  Sounds so professional, doesn't it?  Basically it's a calendar-to-do-list showing, by date, your upcoming post ideas.  It comes in handy to help: remind you of holiday-related posts schedule special event posts keep track of deadlines for sponsored posts make sure you post in time for contest entries schedule posts for deals/events that are too far in the future to post about … [Read more...]

Verizon FiOS – My 5 Faves

I'm reading about Verizon FiOS and I'm just blown away by everything it does.  It reminds me of something you see in the movies, that the rich, billionaire tech inventor has in his home.  It truly gives you the ultimate in flexibility.  These are just some of the features that go above and beyond imagination! 1.   I remember when you had to watch a tv show when it aired, or else you would miss it.  Well, those days are long gone.  We've … [Read more...]

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick’s Interesting Statement on Motherhood

“I think more all the time that it looks hard, that looks like something I am not ready for and doesn’t interest me at this point.”... Danica Patrick, IndyCar Driver Danica Patrick, is frequently in the news for her success as an race car driver, or her exploits as a sexy, powerful, female spokesperson.  At the same time as she was breaking speed records, she was breaking stereotypes of female athletes.  With the triple crown of … [Read more...]

Build A Beautiful Blog Week 2011: A Word of Advice for New Bloggers

If you’re a fairly new blogger like me, it may be intimidating to find other blogs that have been super successful. They have thousands of followers, all the cool giveaways, and plenty of paying advertisers. How did they get to this point? The truth is each blogger may have taken a slightly different path than others that led them to where they are now; but, in many cases they are willing to spill the beans on how they did it. So, how do you … [Read more...]

Build A Beautiful Blog Week 2011 – Giveaway from So Stylilized (Blogger or WordPress)

Jessica at So Stylilized is a stay at home mom of two kids and the wife to a great man!  She enjoys doing design work, reading, watching movies, spending time with family and serving God!  Jessica has done designs for many people from other stay at home moms to businesses.  Every project is different and what makes So Stylilized so different is that they don't put a price tag on their work.  What?  No price?  Yes, you read that correctly!  … [Read more...]

Lessons I Heard in the Last Oprah Show

Did you watch the last Oprah show?  It's late on Wednesday evening and I'm just watching my dvr'd show.  I'm a huge Oprah fan - I've been lucky enough to be in the studio audience twice.  It is one of my all-time top favorite shows.  One of the shows that pulls me in and makes me forget where I am, what I'm doing, what time it is.... just pulls me in and makes me think. Here's what I took away from the last show, and years of watching … [Read more...]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Google AdSense

Google AdSense won't turn an auto-generated webpage into a money maker. While many people believe that they can apply AdSense to an page filled with keywords and copied content then wait to rake in the money, Google will not allow their ad service to be used on unoriginal webpages that don't offer relevant content. If such a webpage is reported to Google, they will suspend participation with AdSense. New visitors make AdSense more … [Read more...]

Ready To See The Cutest Thing Ever?

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Introducing Build A Beautiful Blog Week Sponsor: iDesign

iDesign offers these services: Social Media Management Blog Maintenance Print Design Custom Blog and Site Design Blogging is much more than just writing posts.  Jessica at iDesign can help you give added value to your social media presence.  We've read over and over that companies consider your blog design when they evaluate whether they are going to work with on product reviews, ad placement or sponsorship.  The design of your … [Read more...]

Introducing Build A Beautiful Blog Week Sponsor: Blogs by Heather

Attention Bloggers! Whether you have a website to support your business, whether the website IS your business, or whether your website is only a hobby to update your friends and family, Blogs by Heather is a resource you need to know about. Creating and then maintaining a blog or website can be very time consuming. I'm always looking for ways to reduce the amount of time I spend on the tech components so I can concentrate on reviews and … [Read more...]

Are you over 40, confident, beautiful and inspirational? Macy’s, Wilhelmina, and MiracleSuit are looking for you!

If you are over 40 years of age and willing to rock your curves as a model, you might just win a five (5) year contract with Wilhelmina Models; a $1,000 gift card to Macy's; a wardrobe from Miraclesuit; a style makeover with Randall Christensen; a one (1) year supply of Trimwater; and a one-on-one session with Blair Patterson, Global Premier Makeup Artist, and $1,000 of Estee Lauder products. Wow! Wilhelmina Models is looking for fresh faces … [Read more...]

Invitation to a Book Event for Still Missing by Chevy Stevens

You're invited to a fantastic E-VENT coming up that will get your spine tingling – 5/24 at 3 p.m. ET in honor of the paperback release of the critically-acclaimed novel STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens. The party will include an exclusive video from Chevy and a live author chat. 10-exclusive gift bags will be given away during the E-VENT!   RSVP by emailing stillmissing at booktrib dot com. About the Book: A missing young woman, a … [Read more...]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Lightkeeper’s Ball by Colleen Coble

I'm supposed to be doing a bunch of things that I'm not doing.  Shopping, laundry, and cleaning.  It's Saturday afternoon - which is when I'm usually working around the house.  I have things I need to return to Kohl's, Target AND  Penny's...  but instead...  I'm reading!! I couldn't put down the book, The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble!  I didn't expect to get hooked like that.  When I requested to review the book a few weeks ago, … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding – You have to see this photo!

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Centrum Instant Win and Mobile Sweepstakes

Celebrity Trainer, Harley Pasternak Centrum multivitamins is sponsoring a contest with some amazing prizes!  One lucky person will win a trip to Los Angeles (I'm ready for some California sunshine!) and a training session at the gym with Harley Pasternak, creator of the 5 Factor Diet.  To enter the contest, all you have to do is text the word "CENTRUM" along with an image of a Centrum multivitamin bottle to 89800 for a chance to win a trip to … [Read more...]